Come tour the Schwarzman Center — bring your imaginations and your ideas

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The Schwarzman Center, view from Hewitt Quadrangle.

Members of the campus community are invited to attend two open houses at the Schwarzman Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 15 and 16 to learn more about the project to create Yale’s first university-wide student center, tour the facility, and meet members of the advisory committee.

The open houses will take place on the second floor of the Schwarzman Center, corner of College and Grove streets. Tuesday’s open house will be held 10 a.m.–2 p.m., with tours at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. Wednesday’s open house will be 12:30–4 p.m., with tours at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. All tours will start in the Presidents Room.

The events are part of the “listening tour” by advisory committee members, who are eager to hear ideas from all members of the campus community as they “Imagine the Schwarzman Center” — how it will best serve students from every school at Yale and become a crossroads for the campus. Other information sessions will be held across the campus throughout September.

Last May, Yale received a $150 million gift from Yale alumnus Stephen A. Schwarzman ’69 B.A. to create Yale’s first university-wide center for students from every school.

The gift will renovate a 114-year old complex that includes both Commons and the adjacent Memorial Hall. The large complex was built as part of the university’s Bicentennial celebration in 1901 and was the first major construction project to be undertaken after Yale announced its intentions to become a university. At that time, the student body totaled 2,915. Now the university has over 6,800 graduate and professional students and 5,400 undergraduates.

A university-wide student center like the Schwarzman Center was recommended last year by Yale’s three student governments: the Yale College Council, Graduate Student Assembly, and Graduate and Professional Student Senate. The renovated center is expected to open in 2020.

For further information, visit the Schwarzman Center website.